Beets Bienniel?

Zone 23430 | Scuttlebuttfarm added on January 31, 2018 | Answered

You have excellent content on growing beets and I particularly like that you have a print friendly version, which for me means, easier to read. However, I hoped to understand why beets are generally referred to as Biennial if you can harvest them in 45-50 days? I understand we are talking life-cycle, but lets say I let the beets grow until next year and they make through the summer/winter temperature swings, what is the value if any to doing so? It seems like this life-cycle information can be somewhat useless and confusing if all I want to do it eat the beats as soon as possible. Thanks for the well designed format of the website, this is my first, but not my last visit.

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    Answered on February 1, 2018

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    A plant that requires two growing seasons to complete its life-cycle. Year one: vegetative growth. Year two: sexual maturity, seed production. Biennial plants require a period of cold treatment called vernalization in order to initiate flowering in the second year. Seeds can then be collected the 2nd year.

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